This pamphlet discusses the legislative regulation of public dance halls in twenty-eight states. Some of the regulations undertaken by the states include restrictions on attendance, hours of operation, supervision, and regulation of the physical and social conditions of the hall. The author also discusses some of the regulations and ordinances of 100 cities including one from Lincoln, Nebraska that required patrons to keep their bodies at least six inches apart. Topics: Authors: E: Ella Gardner ..., Titles: P
This is one of several books written by Italian dancer, choreographer, and writer Blasis (1795-1878). It covers the history and theory of dance, pantomime, the composition of ballets, and contains a section devoted to social dances entitled "private dancing." Although much of the discussion on technique is identical to Blasis'S earlier treatise, Traité élémentaire théorique et pratique de l'art de la danse (1820), the manual is a comprehensive survey of ballet during the early... Topics: Authors: R: R. Barton], Titles: [
This manual is an extensive history of dance that incorporates many countries, cultures, and periods including Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, ancient Gaul, European Renaissance, and Baroque. The manual also covers popular culture, peasant dance, and "foreign dance." The perspective of this manual is clearly nineteenth century, with little emphasis on historical fact. The point of view is clearly western, and this is evident in the music examples that accompany almost every country... Topics: Authors: :, Titles: L
byEug. Giraudet ... suivi d'un appendice contenant environ 30 danses diverses pour piano.
This is the seventeenth edition of a popular French manual that was revised into a larger edition in the mid-1880s entitled La danse, la tenue, le maintein... The manual gives a short history of dance, appropriate etiquette, and describes many of the popular ballroom dances such as the waltz, quadrille, and polka. However, the Giraudet includes many curious dances, schottisch polkée sautée, ganlovienne, and a tarentelle for twelve performers, as well as several dances from previous centuries... Topics: Authors: E: Eug. Giraudet ... suivi d'un appendice contenant environ 30 danses diverses pour...
This manual, a compilation of previously published materials, includes a brief discussion on dancing and deportment, bows (which the author considers the "criteria of good breeding"), and a section on introductons with instructions on how to shake hands. The book also covers information on the duties of an escort, how to ask a lady to dance, and responsibilities of guests. General information is provided on quadrilles and the cotillon (also known as the German). However, the only... Topics: Authors: W: William E. Greene ..., Titles: T
Desrat begins his work with a description of dances that were still in vogue at the turn of the century: Boston waltz, cake walk, Berlin, pas de patineurs, and Washington-Post (a two step). A history of ancient dance follows and the discussion begins with Greek and Roman origins; this is followed by a discussion of "modern dances," which Desrat describes as pavane, gavotte, branle, and the minuet. Much of Desrat's historical text is borrowed heavily from previously published sources... Topics: Authors: D: Desrat. Illustré, de nombreuses gravures., Titles: T
Like other nineteenth-century dance manuals, this is a compilation of earlier writings. The book provides a short history of dance, positions of the feet, glossary of French terms, and suggestions for giving balls including an admonishment to have enough waiters at the supper table. Indicating the decade's growing interest in elaborate balls, Radestock suggests one waiter for each two persons. The section on etiquette has been reduced to thirty-three short rules and the manual describes most of... Topics: Authors: R: Rudolph Radestock ..., Titles: T
Unlike many other nineteenth-century antidance writers who base their arguments on Scripture, Wilkinson asks that his readers formulate their opinions on reason, conscience, and common sense. In fact, Wilkinson argues that he is not an enemy of dance and declares it to be perfectly innocent. His argument is against the "modern manner of dancing" that requires expensive clothing and the "massing together of a jostling crowd of mute or merely gibbering animals." Thus, he... Topics: Authors: W: W. C. Wilkinson., Titles: T
bynumerous reproductions of engravings, prints and photographs.
Originally published in 1895, Mrs Grove's account of dance history was considered one of the most important books on dance during the late nineteenth century. Although based on previously published materials, the book maintained popularity for several decades. Using a formula employed by many writers, Mrs. Grove writes about the dances of antiquity, ritual dances, and the dances of "savages." The remainder of the book is devoted to the dance of many lands and cultures indcluding... Topics: Authors: N: numerous reproductions of engravings, prints and photographs., Titles: D
This manual is designed as a self-teacher for those who cannot or, according to the author, are unwilling to attend dance classes. Additionally, Cree declares the most popular dances to be the Lame Duck Valse, valse, one step, foxtrot, and lancers. Although he includes instructions for a Three Step or Straight Jazz, and a Tango Valse, the manual does not reflect dances that were being performed during the late teens. Topics: Authors: G: George Grossmith, illustrated with diagrams., Titles: H
This manual contains instructions for twelve steps that, according to the author, can be learned by practicing two hours a day. Libretti and music are provided for four musical comedy sketches that require clog dancing. Topics: Authors: H: Henry Tucker., Titles: C
Holt begins his discussion with a history of "chorography" and the work of famed eighteenth-century dancing masters and choreographers Guillaume-Louis Pecour, Pierre Beauchamps, and Raoul-Auger Feuillet. Several pages of dances written in the dance notation system devised by Feuillet are included. Holt's "reconstruction" of the pavan includes the appropriate music from Thoinot Arbeau's 1588 manual, Orchesographie. For decades, the inclusion of the notation and music was... Topics: Authors: A: Ardern Holt., Titles: H
The author of this manual declares that "every person should be able to dance ... quadrilles without the aid of a 'caller.'" Unlike other contemporary call books, Strassburg provides the calls as well as a brief description of the figures. The work also includes three waltz quadrilles (one is set for three couples) that are credited to the well-known dancing master E. W. Masters of Boston. Topics: Authors: H: Herman A. Strassburg, jr. ..., Titles: C
Originally published c. 1818, this second edition of 1822 contains an opening three-color-fold-out and nine plates. In this treatise, Wilson analyzes the figures and components of the quadrille--a figured ballroom dance for four couples facing each other, popular throughout the nineteenth century. Divided into two parts, the manual provides suggestions for music and steps, concluding with an alphabetical list of technical terms used in quadrilles. The manual was reissued in 1839. Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Wilson ..., Titles: T
Originally published in 1847, the manual provides important information on mid-nineteenth-century ballroom dance. Following a format utilized by many manuals, the work begins with introductory comments on dance, followed by a description of the French quadrille. This is folllowed by discussion of round dances--the polka, numerous waltzes including waltze à trois temps and waltze à deux temps--as well as steps and figures for another type of quadrille known as the mazurka quadrille. The manual... Topics: Authors: L: Lavieille., Titles: L
In a rapidly growing consumer market for etiquette manuals during the nineteenth century, this is an example of a manual that attempts to reinforce the authority of its contents by suggesting legal foundations in its title as well as the qualifications of its author, in this case "A Gentleman." The straightforward chapters include "Good Breeding," "Dress," "Balls," and "Funerals." Reissued throughout the 1840s, much of the manual is a... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Authors: A: a gentleman, Titles: T
Essentially a history of Greek, Roman, and early religious dance, and French court dance, the text is drawn from numerous writers, including Mme. Elise Voiart, Joseph Juste Scaliger, Claude François Ménestrier, Louis de Cahusac, Diderot, and Jean-Georges Noverre. The first part of this book comprises seven letters written by Baron during 1821 and 1822. The second part takes the form of conversations with Sophie and, occasionally, two more participants named Heraclite and Démocrite. Topics: Authors: A: A. Baron., Titles: L
This short manual consists of a series of photographs and accompanying text that show the correct positions for dance, for example the placement of the lady's left hand upon the gentleman's right shoulder in waltzing. Several of the photographs also show the incorrect way of holding one's partner. Topics: Authors: G: G. Hepburn Wilson ..., Titles: A
Dancing master Clendenen's book is meant for teachers of dance and he covers the basic building blocks of teaching beginning with the positions of the feet and body. Technical terms (with correct pronunciation), preparatory exercises, bows and curtseys are included as well as sections of attitudes and poses, correct and incorrect positions. The manual concludes with instructions on how to teach ten fancy dances that include "Highland Fling," "Sailor's Hornpipe,"... Topics: Authors: F: F. Leslie Clendenen ..., Titles: C
Dancing master and composer Dodworth's manual was originally published in 1885 and "new and enlarged" editions were reissued in 1888, 1900, 1902, and 1905. In this manual, Dodworth gives his perspective on fifty years of changes in social dance. The book covers the galop, racket, waltz and knickerbocker, bows, quadrilles, the minuet, Virginia reel, and two hundred fifty figures for the German (also known as the cotillon). The manual also includes an illuminating chapter directed... Topics: Authors: A: Allen Dodworth., Titles: D
Unlike earlier manuals that contained detailed information on etiquette, this manual reflects the trend of late nineteenth-century manuals to shorten or eliminate such information. This manual contains only one-third of a page of etiquette. Dances described include the waltz (with reversing steps), polka, schottisch, polka redowa, polka mazurka, galop, quadrilles, contra dances ("Scilian Circle," "Spanish Dance" and "Rustic Reel"). Thirty-seven figures are given... Topics: Authors: C: C. H. Rivers., Titles: A
This manual is considered one of the most important discussions regarding the style and steps of early Romantic ballet. A dancer and dancing master, Théleur (née Taylor; fl. c. 1817-c.1844), wrote his manual in the form of a series of thirteen letters that includes a brief history of dance as well as a section devoted to social dance. The book is enhanced by full-page prints, including illustrations of dancers on full pointe. Théleur's dance notation system, the first in the nineteenth... Topics: Authors: S: Stewart, Halpin, Hicks and Read ..., Titles: L
Portuguese dancing master Bonem's manual borrows from the work of contemporary French sources, including dancing masters Guillaume-Louis Pecour and Pierre Rameau. The manual's fourteen chapters focus on dance in the court of Louis XIV and include discussion on feet positions, bows appropriate for various occasions, and the steps and arm positions for the minuet. Topics: Authors: :, Titles: T
This book begins with a brief history of jig dancing and provides a chronology of jig and clog dancers from famed African-American dance Master Juba to Johnny Diamond and Dick Pelham. The manual also describes twenty steps including "heel and toe step," "shuffle,""clog break," and "plantation breakdown. Topics: Authors: :, Titles: J
This is a revised edition of a work based on an investigation done in 1910 regarding the conditions of public dance halls in Chicago. Bowen's complaints included the late hours, too much liquor, and the general behavior of men noting, "... men wear their hats; they all smoke and expectorate freely." She also suggests the waiters and other employees provide information on the location of "disreputable lodging houses," and delivers condemnation against masquerade and fancy... Topics: Authors: :, Titles: T
This pamphlet on the tango, claimed by its author to have been "shorn of crudities which caused it to be criticized," describes a variety of steps and step combinations. Topics: Authors: M: Miss Swepstone and Mr. Bernard Tweedale., Titles: T
Although Charles Durang was a well-known Philadelphia dancing teacher and the son of famed American dancer John Durang, very little of this manual originates from the pen of the author. He acknowledges that the dances contained in the book are by the "celebrated teachers of Paris and London." Additionally, the sections on etiquette, deportment, and dress stem from "Mrs. Henderson's treatise." The manual includes descriptions of the popular ballroom dances of the... Topics: Authors: C: Charles Durang ..., Titles: T
byMrs. Clendenen. Intended for amateurs as well as for professional teachers ...
This manual is a good example of the emphasis placed on physical fitness during the early twentieth century and, dancing master Clendenen notes "we have just won the greatest war known in history ... by efficiency, and physical excellence." The manual encourages teachers to instruct children "correct dancing and health movements." Clendenen describes a wide panorama of movement including pantomime and dramatic posture dances, Greek dancing, Hawaiian arm and Italian body... Topics: Authors: M: Mrs. Clendenen. Intended for amateurs as well as for professional teachers ..., Titles:...
byAlbert W. Newman ... an expert's full directions, with illustrations and diagrams, for learning or teaching the tango, hesitation, one-step, Boston, maxixe and all other modern dances.
Declaring his book to be the "absolute authorith on modern dancing," Newman describes a large selection of the most popular ragtime dances including the Castle Walk, Castle Glide, one step, horse trot, tango, maxixe, and lame duck. The manual is enhanced with line drawings and photographs and contains music for the "Newman Tango. Topics: Authors: A: Albert W. Newman ... an expert's full directions, with illustrations and diagrams, for...
This manual describes a colonial view of the history of dance in the West Indies, focusing on the dance of Creoles. Moreau de Saint-Méry (1750-1819), discusses the effects of slavery and the African roots for such dances as the chica and notes that contredanses and minuets were also performed. Topics: Authors: M: Moreau de Saint-Mé, ry ..., Titles: D
One of several treatises devoted to English country dancing by Thomas Wilson, dancing master to the King's Theatre, this manual consists of an alphabetical listing of country dances and their figures. Lamenting the present state of country dancing, the author fears "it [will] be perverted into a chaos of riot and confusion" (p.iii). Wilson's other manuals on the subject contain detailed text, tables, and diagrams to explain the figures. Their titles include An analysis of country... Topics: Authors: T: T. Wilson ..., Titles: T
This manual is typical of books that were assembled by publishers to be dissminated to a broad mass market. It is a compilation of many treatises covering etiquette, dress and demeanor, and describes the popular ballroom dances of the era--quadrille, waltz, schottisch, and polka. Topics: Authors: :, Titles: B
An early example of an antidance treatise, this manual provides a foundation for arguments that continued to the end of the nineteenth century--that dancing is a sin against God. Much of Boiseul's argument is based on biblical examples (chapters and verses are noted in the margins of each page). While acknowledging that dance is mentioned in the Bible, the author is quick to point out that the dances were "joyous and spontaneous" and very different from the seventeenth-century social... Topics: Authors: J: Jean Boiseul., Titles: T
This is a fourth edition of a book that acknowledges other antidance tracts including Boullay's Réforme de las danse des salons; Gustave Louis's Physiologie de l'opinion, and La Chrétienne de nos jours by l'Abbé Bautain. The author notes, with some disdain, that the waltz was introduced into France "par les impures du Directoire" (p. 8). The polka also receives criticism. Topics: Authors: L: le vte de B. Saint-Laurent ..., Titles: Q
First published in 1902, the work was suggested by a member of the New York Philo-Celtic Society. The discusion includes music, steps, and instructions for reels, "High Caul Cap, four-hand jig, and Rinnce Fada. Topics: Authors: :, Titles: R
Originally published in Leipzig in 1887 under the title Grammatik der tanzkunst, the book was translated into English and Russian. Zorn is well known for his innovative dance notation system that is utilized in this work. The system is important for its information on the step terminology of mid-nineteenth-century ballet. Through text and notation, the manual covers positions of the feet, preparatory exercises, arm movements, as well as describing many steps. Several quadrille figures are also... Topics: Authors: A: Alfonso Josephs Sheafe ..., Titles: G
This is the third edition of Coulon's manual and describes dances popular during the 1840s. Typical of many nineteenth-century ballroom manuals, much of the material is borrowed from other contemporary sources. It is not known whether or not famed French dancing master Eugène Coulon contributed to the work. Small enough to fit into a pocket, the manual begins with a discussion of the polka and includes directions for various ballroom dances including the mazurka quadrille, polka mazurka,... Topics: Authors: C: Coulon ..., Titles: C
One of the most important manuals devoted to the performance of early nineteenth-century quadrilles, Strathy divides this manual into two parts. Part one is an extensive treatment of exercises for the improvement of one's deportment. Part two provides lucid descriptions for more than twenty steps appropriate for the performance of the quadrille, a popular ballroom dance performed by four couples who face each other in a square. Additionally, Strathy provides combinations of steps for the most... Topics: Authors: A: Alexander Strathy ..., Titles: E
Similar to other prompter's books published during the last half of the nineteenth century, French gives instructions for calling the figures of quadrilles including examples of how the calls correlate to the music. The book also covers the calling of contra dances (progressive figure dances performed by a column of men facing a column of women). Topics: Authors: J: J. A. French., Titles: T
Although much of the material in this manual is borrowed from the dance writings of Charles Durang, it remains an important source for the study of mid-nineteenth-century ballroom dance. Unlike other contemporary writers, Ferrero devotes more than eighty pages to the origins of dance and a history of European and Native American dance. The remaining part of the manual concerns ballroom etiquette and descriptions of numerous dances including the quadrille, waltz, polka, schottisch, varsovienne,... Topics: Authors: E: Edward Ferrero., Titles: T
This antidance treatise, written by an ex-dancing master, is devoted to condemning the waltz. Some of the chapter titles include "From the Ball-Room to the Grave," "Abandoned Women the Best Dancers," and "The Approval of Society is no Proof Against the Degradation. Topics: Authors: T: T. A. Faulkner ..., Titles: F
This unique document contains the prompter's calls for twenty-eight dances. The calls themselves are printed in large type, making them easier to read. No dance instructions are provided. Topics: Authors: :, Titles: U
byMr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle, Joseph C. Smith ... and many other famous dancers.
This manual is an excellent source for ragtime era dances including the one step, tango, Brazilian maxixe, and hesitation waltz. The book is richly illustrated with more than twenty photos of many famous exhibition ballroom couples such as Irene and Vernon Castle; and Maurice and Florence Walden. Topics: Authors: M: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle, Joseph C. Smith ... and many other famous dancers., Titles:...
Although attributed to Italian dancer, choreographer, and writer Carlo Blasis, this manual contains an abridgement of Blasis's writing on the subject of social dance as published in The Code of Terpsichore (1830). The manual's discussion of specific dances is augmented by M. Lemaitre and includes quadrilles, the waltz, polka, schottisch, polka-mazurka, redowa and cotillon. Topics: Authors: B: Blasis ..., Titles: N
All of Mme. Voiart's manual is devoted to the history of dance. Quoting heavily from many previously published materials, including a number of travelogues, this book discusses the origins of dance and devotes a chapter each to Greek and Roman dance. The second part of the book discusses transition to what the author terms "modern dance," in this case the court dances of France. In examining the dances of the French Baroque court, Mme. Voiart (1786-1866) refers to a great variety of... Topics: Authors: M: Mme É, lise Voiart., Titles: E
The title page indicates the book was completed in 1724. However, the cost of the thirty-five full-page plates precluded publication until 1735. In this treatise of two parts, Tomlinson (c. 1690-1753?) sets forth the principles of Baroque dance. Book one covers description of twenty nine steps; book two discusses the minuet, including four methods of performing the minuet step. Topics: Authors: K: Kellom Tomlinson, dancing-master ..., Titles: T